We here at SoulBounce are avid purveyors of the sexy. You needn't search far for supporting evidence of this. How could we not be? The music we love and promote on the site often lends itself to a level of sexiness that can can only result in the types of feelings and situations that grown folks appreciate, anticipate, and instigate. And with twenty-five years worth of visual accompaniment to the music that has begotten many a romantic interlude, on this eve of aphrodisiac overload, we bring to you a short, entirely incomplete list of videos that stimulate us.
It's been awhile since we did a fully-fledged Mixtape Roundup, but never fear. We're back in full effect mode to allay your mixtape anxiety. Amongst ourselves, we're a pretty well-rounded group of people with varied yet sophisticated musical tastes. And while we love coming up with our own playlists, it's always nice to switch to auto-pilot and let someone else steer us down paths that are mostly familiar but often unexpectedly welcomed. So without further ado, here are some mixtapes that the Soulbounce family has been bumping steadily and on the regular.
Can you imagine what it would feel like to have Stevie Wonder handpick you from every singer in the world to rerecord one of his most widely recognized and adored songs? Yeah, neither can we. But Estelle knows how that feels because Stevie did just that when he requested that the Grammy winner remake his iconic "Superstition" for the upcoming War Child: Heroes project. Although I can't exactly say that I'm feeling her version of "Superstition," I appreciate that Estelle colored outside of the lines and didn't play it safe with her remake. This track will be found alongside over a dozen other songs remade by contemporary artists personally chosen by the original musicians on the War Child Presents Heroes album. Proceeds from the sale of this CD will benefit War Child International, which aids children affected by war across the world. More information and links can be found after the bounce, but not before you bump this Estelle below.
This week's crop of new videos is for the Hip Hop Junkies. Up first is a video from one of the nicest rappers in the game right now, Black Milk. He's joined by fellow Detroiter Royce Da 5'9" on "Losing Out," which just may lead you to break your neck. Next is Evidence with an impressive list of guests in "For Whom the Bell Tolls." He's got Phonte, Blu and Will.I.Am
holding it down in a very sobering clip. Grandmaster Flash is jumping back in the game with a new video for the song "Swagger" featuring Snoop Dogg, Red Cafe and Lynn Carter. Great to see Flash behind the boards, but this video is as tired as the song title. Then we have Caucasian rapper du jour Asher Roth with a video for his song "I Love College." This aint exactly my cup of tea, but perhaps drunken college party shenanigans may appeal to some. Moving right along, Mz Streamz rounds out the roundup with her video for "Tear It Up," a rousing Baltimore Club anthem. It's time for the percolator!
Black Milk feat. Royce Da 5'9": "Losing Out"
Something that we love to do here at SoulBounce is to expose people to artists they need to know and music they need to hear. One such artist who we gave the Bounce-Worthy distinction to last year was Newark, New Jersey native Peter Hadar. Not your average singer-songwriter, Hadar calls himself a "Cool Weirdo" and his music is as eclectic as he is and we love the freshness that he brings to the Soul genre.
Earlier this week Peter Hadar released She's All Mine, an EP of new songs intended to serve as the soundtrack to lovemaking. After listening to the collection, you may be inclined to swing an episode with the one you love and/or lust for. In this interview I had a chance to go deeper with Peter as he explained the intent behind each song on the EP, why he decided to give his music away for free, the power of the internet for the independent artist and what is next on his musical horizon.
Behind the Groove with Peter Hadar
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With today being Valentine's Day Eve, we're sure that you're gathering up all your goodies in order to be bad tomorrow. And it seems like everyone has the lover's holiday on their mind. Last night on Twitter, Marsha Ambrosius shared this snippet of a new song that is part phone call, part confession, and full on sexy. This is the Marsha that we fiend for here at SBHQ. Feel the love...
- Tameka Foster, Usher's wife, is recovering after suffering cardiac arrest while getting liposuction in Brazil. [AP]
- A viral video featuring Will.I.Am and Hugh Jackman was released and will raise awareness for "Nomad Two Worlds," an art project about and featuring the work of Aborigines. [Y!]
- Mo'Nique employs a unique solution to battling cold weather. [CD]
- Madonna, Mary J. Blige and Lil Wayne are pretty much recession proof. Click the link if you want to see just how much. [PB]
Because Valentine's Day is right around the corner and we already know how you feel about Janet, it was our duty to put together the ultimate Janet-themed babymaking blend. This was a no-brainer; even the folks that aren't devout Janet fans can appreciate what she brings to the table when it comes to her down-tempo tracks, particularly the ones that make you wanna call up your boo and make it happen. So consider this mix a gift to you--the fans, the lovers, the casual SoulBounce Reader. Enjoy. Full tracklist after the bounce.